2015 BMW R1200RS — Welcome Back the Sport-Tourer

09/30/2014 @ 2:52 am, by Jensen Beeler11 COMMENTS


A bit more of a surprise at INTERMOT from the German brand, the 2015 BMW R1200RS has also broken cover, in addition to the 2015 BMW R1200R roadster model.

Again using the now tried-and-true liquid-cooled boxer design, the BMW R1200RS makes an unsurprising 125hp (this should surprise no one who is familiar with BMW’s model lineup).

However, BMW is quick to note that the R1200RS makes a little bit more torque, earlier than the other models, because of the R1200RS’s modified airbox and air intake snorkels.

As on the R1200R, ABS and ASC are standard, as are two riding modes. If you want the “Pro” riding mode with BMW’s “dynamic” traction control though, you’ll have to pay for it as an option — no surprise there. ESA is also an add-on.

A bit smaller and leaner than the R1200RT, the BMW R1200RS is the sportier touring option for boxer lovers. BMW’s 2015 model lineup seems intent on filling all the gaps, which the RS does nicely within the company’s range.

Source: BMW

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  • Shawn

    Conventional front end? That’s interesting.

  • Paul

    That’s not a shabby looking bike, for a standard – albeit pricy – runabout. Can a 1,200cc be considered a run about hah…

  • @Shawn,
    The wide, single radiator leaves no room for the Telever control arm. The new Roadster shows the radiator to good advantage.
    The waterhead GS uses two small radiators (one left, one right) thus allowing room for the Telelever control arm.

  • Eyvind

    No Telelever…
    Welcome back brake dive!

  • Chris M.

    Am I missing something? There is no mention of cruise control but the 2015 S1000RR has it, Really.
    Is that windscreen adjustable?
    I do like it thouogh.

  • Jean Bolide

    windscreen adjustable in 2 positions, cruise control available, panniers and top case too

  • Jim H.

    I will be interested to see reviews of these 1200s’ new front suspension. Given adequate computer control of the suspension, the anti-dive (and other characteristics) could be emulated. It remains to be seen if they did, and how well.

  • Anvil

    Amen, an actual sport-tourer–and not on stilts. Not a bad looking bike. I don’t love boxer twins, but I could be convinced otherwise if the rest of the package is right.

  • A real sport tourer! Great looking. And conventional forks too! Just the right amount of plastic, an optional center stand, presumably not too heavy and will get good gas mileage and range. Since it’s a Beemer will have all the farkels. All I have to do is pay for it.

  • MikeD

    I like it. Something more less along the lines of the good looking, late R1200S.
    Now I have almost no reason to not buy a used one some time down the road.
    Wet clutch on the front cover, easy to overhaul (no more bike splitting), liquid cooled (+ -), shaft drive, center stand option . . . nice.

    I always loved the funky front suspension on the R Bikes. A shame they couldn’t work it out on this and the Naked variant.
    Talking about the front end . . . a my the only one thinking these things (RS & Roadster) have a BIT MUCH RAKE on the fork ? Is it an optical illusion or a fact ?

  • Have never been a Beemer fan… until now. Like the looks of this bike and am switching from a liter sport bike to one when they are available. I like the new forks and happy to return to a twin motor, although this will be the first flat twin I’ve ridden. Change can be a good thing…